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Americas / Blog

Don’t Blame Democracy for Trump

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The rise of extremist politicians across Europe and in the United States has stirred a growing conversation about the efficacy of democracy. Will it fail? Is Trump a sign that democracy inevitably descends into mob rule, as Socrates warned? The pessimists who answer yes to these questions assume that a more democratic …

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In Presidential Politics, Trump’s Strategies Are Nothing New

Several political analysts, such as Benjamin Welton, have attempted to label Donald Trump’s rising support across the United States as symbol of the ‘new right’ and or the ‘alternative-right’. However, from a historical standpoint, there is nothing alternative or new about Trump. In fact, the three characteristics that have strengthened Trump’s campaign – resilience, populism …